Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016


Social media has been buzzing recently over the post of a video allegedly showing members of the Tatmadaw and a militia group abusing villagers in northern Shan State.
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Leading members of Burma’s rapidly evolving media industry are urging the government to end its control over state-owned media as the Ministry of Information passes into National League for Democracy (NLD) hands.
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Today in Rangoon, Arakanese activists launched a report that calls for a broad restructuring of the government’s natural resource management. Titled “Breaking the Curse” and written by the advocacy group Arakan Oil Watch, the report argues that decision-making power and profits should be shared by the local communities affected by extraction projects.
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The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) issued a statement on March 20 saying that the Myanmar Army had recently fired heavy weapons into a village injuring two people despite there being no recent clashes.
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Ethnic leaders and armed group representatives have welcomed last week’s appointment of Htin Kyaw as president of the National League for Democracy government, with some voicing confidence in his government’s abilities to revive Myanmar’s stalled peace process.
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Myanmar’s president-elect nominated Aung San Suu Kyi to join the incoming cabinet on Tuesday, giving the National League for Democracy (NLD) leader a formal role in the government that the constitution bars her from leading.
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Nai Thet Lwin has been nominated to act as the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD) government’s minister of ethnic affairs, a newly created portfolio that supporters in Burma hope will help further national reconciliation in the diverse nation of nearly 52 million people.
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Investigators are interviewing staff from two government ministries following the leak to social media of information concerning requests for housing by three Union ministers.
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Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday ruled out withdrawal of Assam Rifles from Indo-Myanmar border and its replacement with another paramilitary force, saying no such decision has been taken yet.
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Burma’s business community reacted positively as the Union Parliament released 18 names for cabinet positions on Tuesday.
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Companies paid more tax in the fiscal year 2015 than in the previous year, according to the latest annual figures published in state media, with the highest revenues coming from import-export businesses and the banking industry.
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In Mandalay Region, where drought and failed harvests have pushed many farmers out of business, another industry is thriving, as China’s demand for human hair has turned entire villages into centres of trade and repair.
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Rubber plantation workers in Mon State have been participating in a study that experts hope will contribute to the eradication of malaria in Myanmar in the next 15 years.
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Goldsmith Thinkha told Mizzima that he would provide free goldsmith training to unemployed youths who had little job opportunities in honour of newly elected President Htin Kyaw from National League for Democracy (NLD).
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According to reports, over 90 factories in the Mandalay Industrial Zone in Pyigyidagun Township, have been dumping waste water into the Dunawadi River, depriving villages situated downstream of drinkable water and causing health problems.
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Members of the Save the Salween Network gathered at Wan Sala village in Shan state’s Mong Ton township on 14 March to mark International Rivers Day and voice their opposition to a series of six dams set to be built on the Salween River, also known as the Thanlwin River. Of particular concern to the group of environmentalists and concerned citizens is the Mong Ton dam project, which if constructed in Shan State is expected to be South East Asia’s largest dam.
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The UN refugee agency has urged the new Burmese leadership to resume dialogue with Thailand and the UNHCR to end the decades-long saga of refugees along the border and give priority to the ethnic Rohingya issue as part of their nation-building process.
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The U.S. State Department said on Monday it had determined that Myanmar is persecuting its Rohingya Muslims, but the government’s treatment of the religious minority group does not constitute genocide.
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With Aung San Suu Kyi on the list of cabinet nominees, there is widespread anticipation among her supporters regarding the ministerial role, or roles, she will undertake in the new government.
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Rising inequality threatens to derail, from the start, successful implementation of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific region. Stronger, more equitable social protection will be critical in overcoming these challenges.
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